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donaldejose said:Maybe the replacement for the D810 will excite you. We just have to see what it will offer other than the new focus system in the D5 and D500.
Maybe the replacement for the D810 will excite you. We just have to see what it will offer other than the new focus system in the D5 and D500.
i ask because i really don't know, and maybe one of my failings is being unable to follow a creative narrative, or direction when shooting portraits of someone. where does your/the photographers artistry derive from to push you to shoot a photo, of a person specifically, in any one way?
just putting this out there, i'm always trying to learn more.
"Is it an artistic choice to shoot what you are comfortable doing all the time?" Yes, it's your choice, but you're limiting yourself. Most artists transition over time. Musicians like Michael Jackson, artists like Salvador Dali, photographers like Annie Leibowitz
have all transitioned from earlier works to their later works.
I think you have to develop in your own mind what you want to convey in your works. Be it fashion, beauty, storytelling, whimsical fantasy, etc. Flow with it and let it take you to the next level. As far as I can remember, you're into cosplay (right?). If that's the case I'd focus on whole body photos because most cosplayers are proud of their creations and want to display them in whole - not just with headshots. Find locations to shoot that help the final image. ** Benjamin VonWong once in an interview said he'd go to cosplay events and ask participants to come out side for a photo - he'd pick a cool spot, light it, and shoot. He wouldn't simply shot with the crappy backgrounds in the venues.
I think ultimately, your final product has to look better than a typical snapshot - because everybody's got a camera in their cellphones now and can do that very thing.
This does NOT mean that I just randomly bumbled along and eventually bumped into a style. No. I did, and continue to, look at photos that I like. I don't consciously copy a photographers general style, but I do get ideas. When I see something that I like, I try to break it down and try to copy that particular shot. Over the last several years I have made a conscious effort to make my images look more "cinematic" in the sense that they are more widely shot with an attempt to incorporate backgrounds well (and a great reason why the focus points frustrate me so much). Still, no matter how much I try, the "style" that I have developed creeps back into my photos.
In a sense then, style is more than just about the lens you choose. Certainly that's part of it, but not the entirety of it, unless you choose something purposefully quirky.
So. My best piece of advice about developing style is to look at a lot of photos by good photographers and try to copy them. You will almost certainly fail, but at least you will go out with a plan with a specific goal that will hone your skills and build your style. The usual advice of "take lots of pictures" doesn't really help because you'll end up with a lot of bad, randomly shot photos. I've heard way too many photographers say things like "let's go out and shoot and we'll figure something out." No. Have a plan. Not just a place and a subject, but also HOW you plan on shooting them. For instance, I'm very much against taking a whole bag of lenses to a shoot. I usually have a plan for the kinds of shots that I want to take and often take just one prime lens. ONE. My last shoot with Bailey, I took just the 85. My last one with Ilvy I just took a 35. I very often just take a 50. Tomorrow I'm going to use the 14-24. I have a plan and I won't take another lens else I'll likely slip back into my comfort zone.
i like the idea of flow. even if you shouldn't force your way thru things, there is still a way that life follows(passion, interest, effort). i'll try to think more of the bigger picture
@PeachBlack thanks for your advice! if i have a plan, i definitely would stick with it. and yeah... taking lots of photos doesn't help so much if don't know what you hope to achieve. i'm glad theres some form of unique creativity that shows (in your photos) at your level
2015 I did many models with different lens although this was a good way to test them but it was the smartest way to figure out my happy medium.
2016 I did very few model shoots but I used two lens primarly 85mm and 58mm. That is my happy medium and the 300mm for something different.
I think I need to explore the 85mm some more. With cold weather in my area its time for the studio but I can still use the 85mm and that is a nice lens to work with.
Once you have all of that then the team can decide if its natural light, artificial and then the lens. However this part can be solely left to the photographer.
Great feedback guys.
So sure, theoretically a D810 that functioned identically but with a larger sensor? Sign me up! I just can't imagine ANY scenario under which Nikon doesn't cut corners and overcharge. Like I've said, I haven't really been impressed by anything that Nikon has done since the D800 was released almost 5 years ago. They are a company that is casting about for ways to improve the bottom line, not a company that's serious about innovation.